Any reason to put an deposit on plan b?

ELMO

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In the spirit of “you don’t know, what you don’t know”, is there any reason to put a deposit down for a plan b, which is a state university with a type 7 AFROTC scholarship?

My DS has been accepted at USAFA and cleared by DoDMERB. Just not sure if there are anymore “hurdles” to jump but also don’t want to hold an ROTC spot or a class spot at the university for another person on a waiting list.
 

BBQ-Devil

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We did; however, we called Plan B and discussed the entire situation with them before doing so. From what I have read here, some schools are more open to this than others. Our Plan B was fine with being "Plan B" and just told us to contact them if/when he reports for I Day and they will remove him from the class. We will; however, forfeit our deposit.
 

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+1 BBQ.

Be very careful. There are some schools that put in the fine print that a deposit is a "contract" for four years of tuition! Make sure you are transparent about them being Plan B.
 

Love4monsters

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My 2023's AROTC plan B waived his deposit and is totally fine with being plan B. It is a pretty sweet deal and I am glad he has a back up but he was transparent from the beginning.
 

shock-n-awe

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We put a deposit down on DS plan B ROTC school. Also told them his complete situation and both parties understood and agreed we would forfeit the deposit if not attending. If they would’ve had a problem with his situation, he probably would’ve tried to transfer his AROTC scholarship to a different plan B school. It’s always good to keep all options in play because you just never know.

I think in the many threads discussing this topic , the real problem arises if the plan B School is not made fully aware that they are plan B and NOT actually plan A .
That is a problem....
 

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I thought the reason to put a deposit is if your student gets injured before the summer....they they have somewhere to go.
 

shock-n-awe

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I thought the reason to put a deposit is if your student gets injured before the summer....they they have somewhere to go.

Yes, that’s my reasoning....
It’s “insurance “ in case of injury prior to reporting (ie: misses the landing pit while pole vaulting at Track meet) the kid still has a backup plan. Which in our DS case, plan B included an AROTC scholarship. Note, The scholarship is forfeited once reporting to the SA. So injuries sustained in Cadet Basic that force CC to be medically disenrolled but may be healed in time to report to plan B school and participate in ROTC , just without scholarship at that point.
 
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Capri120

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I thought the reason to put a deposit is if your student gets injured before the summer....they they have somewhere to go.

We put a deposit down on DD's Plan B, with full disclosure to the college.
It was not just in case of injury before I-Day, but also in case of injury during BCT.
Once she made it through A-Day, we contacted the university to let them know she would not be attending.
This particular university was very understanding and cooperative.
Of course, we did not get our deposit back, but we considered it "insurance".
 

dah19

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On the USAFA portal for all the paperwork, it states :
NOTE: If you have also received a scholarship from Air Force ROTC, you must notify them that you have decided to attend USAFA and officially decline the scholarship offer. You must notify Air Force ROTC before you arrive at USAFA for in-processing.
 

usafa411

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I highly recommend you all put a deposit on your plan B. So much can happen and does happen. Some get hurt in BCT and they are turned away for a year. So you have a year to take some courses like calc/chem etc. that will help you when you come back. You might decide like some do that USAFA isn't for you after all and that happens to more then you think. I know this all first hand and have seen all this happen over the last 3 years. However it has happened for every year well before I came. AGAIN...Pay your deposit. If you decide to stay at USAFA and are at Acceptance day August 8th 2019 have your parents contact your plan B and tell them you will not be attending and lose the deposit. It is insurance well worth it. My parents suggested this to me at the time and I was like why? I am not going anywhere...well they were right as some got hurt some left etc.. Honestly looking back it was a very smart option.
 
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